Busy Bee Cafe engenders memories of poodle skirts and soda shops with an evocative mix of '50s décor and classic American fare. Loaded skins kick off the nostalgic menu with a selfless gesture, as potatoes shed their outer layer to be piled with jack and cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and dipping sauce ($5.99). Busy Bee Cafe's Reuben sandwich is a crowd favorite, with a mouthwatering stockpile of corned beef or pastrami, garnished with heaps of sauerkraut, coleslaw, potato salad and cheese, and doused in tangy thousand island dressing ($9.95). A Busy Bee Cafe's specialty, the chicken fried steak dons a contradictory moniker in a futile attempt to throw voracious diners off their mission to devour its mix of grilled and battered beef, topped in homemade country gravy ($12.99 for dinner). Classic ice-cream sodas deliver a velvety blow that knocks palates back to the olden days of lunch counters and Eisenhower Halloween costumes ($4.45).
The Taj Café’s skilled chefs sear meats in a traditional tandoori oven and infuse vegetables with spice to prepare an extensive menu of authentic Indian cuisine. The ginger-and-garlic marinade of chicken tikka masala ($12.95) tangs taste buds, and poached Agra chicken ($12.95) dons a dusting of ginger and cayenne before performing a competitive tumbling routine in a mango-powder sauté. Diners can also savor a cornucopia of vegetarian options, such as gobi aloo ($9.95), which mixes potatoes and cauliflower with ginger, green chili, and other seasonings. Alternatively, sate south-of-the-border cravings with a Bombay frankie ($10.95), an egg-washed burrito that gathers Indian spices and meats into a well-insulated wrap for kitchen-camping excursions. When entrees are ready, nimble servers transport piping-hot plates through the gold-hued interior of the café as immobile houseplants and wall murals glare in envy.
Channeling the rough-and-tumble west in its ambiance and rustic decor, Winchesters Grill & Saloon pays homage to its state's history with plentiful pictures of the Duke, cowboy memorabilia hanging from the walls, and a mélange of seafood and steak entrees. The menu resembles the geographic diversity of California, with fresh seafood entrees mingling with thick, rare steaks and juicy hamburgers. Winchesters owns up to its title as well, pouring more than 40 ales and beers on draft from Magic Hat to Moose Drool, and they serve any mixed drink under the sun on their year-round, heated outdoor patio.